Compassionately Addressing Co-Occurring Addiction and Mental Health Disorders
At Decision Point Center, we understand that addiction generally doesn’t develop on its own. Many people suffer from mental illness and use drugs and alcohol as a way to self-medicate and alleviate their symptoms. Unfortunately, using substances to cope only offers temporary relief and tends to make the symptoms of mental illness worse. Nevertheless, one problem does not always cause the other. Dual diagnoses, also called co-occurring disorders, occur whenever you have a substance abuse disorder and a mental illness at the same time.
For those facing a dual diagnosis, we provide psychiatry as well as therapies and treatments that address both physical and mental health. We not only focus on helping you get sober but also making sure that you are coping with your mental illness in healthy and appropriate ways. This is called “integrated intervention,” and it is based around your needs and enacted through a personalized treatment plan.
When you choose Decision Point Center, we will uncover how one condition affects another and develop a plan that works for you. To discuss your situation, please call us at (844) 292-5010 today.
How Common Is Dual Diagnosis?
According to Medline Plus, “about half of people who have a mental disorder will also have a substance use disorder at some point in their lives and vice versa.” In 2019, approximately 9.5 million U.S. adults experienced a mental illness and substance use disorder at the same time. Common risk factors, such as genetics, stress, and trauma, contribute to both substance use and mental health disorders.
Unfortunately, many people with dual diagnoses never receive help. A recent federal report conducted by the Government Accountability Office (GOA) found that 57 million American adults have an addiction disorder or mental health condition, but the vast majority go untreated. Nearly 40 million of these individuals never receive any treatment. Further research from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found more than 80% of the 2017 survey respondents who reported a mental health or addiction problem said they did not perceive a need for treatment.
The SAMHSA survey inquired reasons why respondents did not seek mental health care, and reasons said the cost was too high, or they didn’t want to be stigmatized for seeking psychiatric care, or claimed they had no access to mental health treatment.
Further data compiled from the survey found these results:
- 18.7 million people reported having a substance abuse disorder, but only 9% of them received addiction treatment.
- Of the 11.2 million people with serious mental illness, only about one-third received psychiatric treatment.
Common Indicators of Dual Diagnoses
Sometimes an existing mental illness serves as the basis for developing an addiction, while other times the addiction leads to other mental disorders. The following indicators are common among people who suffer from co-occurring mental illnesses:
- Family history of mental illness or addiction: You have a higher risk of developing mental illness if your family has a history of mental illness. While there are several factors other than genetics that contribute to addiction, addiction and mental illnesses tend to run in families.
- Difficulty remembering a life without drugs or alcohol: If you cannot remember the last time you were happy with your life or a time where you were not dependent on drugs or alcohol, there is a chance you may be dealing with more than addiction.
- Recent or past trauma: Many people who develop a dependency to drugs or alcohol have experienced, witnessed, or otherwise been a part of a traumatic event. In many cases, addiction is the result of a person's attempts to deal with this underlying trauma and related illness.
- Drugs or alcohol are a form of relief: If you have started using drugs or alcohol to relieve overwhelming symptoms of anxiety, depression, or stress, these severe anxious feelings may be a sign of pre-existing mental illness.
How Treatment Works
To help people through dual diagnosis, we treat both conditions. First, we help you stop using drugs and/or alcohol. After a medically supervised detoxification, we work through your mental health issues and addiction using behavioral therapies, psychiatry, medications, supportive housing, and support groups.
Often, an inpatient rehabilitation program helps us get a head start on treating both disorders. At Decision Point Center, we make sure you have all the resources you need both inside and outside of our facilities.
Conditions We Treat
In addition to helping you get and stay sober, our team can help you treat several mental health conditions. Our treatments address:
- Bipolar disorder
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Panic disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Child and adult trauma
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Borderline personality disorder
- Attention deficit disorder (ADD)
- Attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD)
If you are suffering from any of the conditions above and struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, please do not hesitate to contact Decision Point Center today.
Decision Point Center is a licensed drug and alcohol addiction facility that combines traditional therapies with modern, clinically proven techniques to treat co-occurring disorders.
Since 2004, we have been on the cutting edge of addiction and mental health treatment. We use our deep sense of care and “you-based” treatment to help everyone we help live full and meaningful lives. Just like physical illnesses, addiction and mental illness can be managed with the right treatment and resources.
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